Interdiciplinary project on the Endotic

(Gemma Draper, work in progress)

Session at Emotional Geographies. 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK10-12 June 2015

Emotionless Geographies? ‘Affect’, Stillness, and the Endotic Space.

Can we sensibly talk of emotionless geographies or of their imaginary / memoried counterparts? What would, in fact, constitute an unemotional or ‘found’ ordinary space? These issues are currently being addressed by the Endotic Teesside working group, an interdisciplinary committee of academics from the disciplines of Performance, Fine Art, Design and English Studies. Each paper or practice in this session can therefore be seen both as a critical contribution to, and the creative result of ongoing revisions of spatial praxis in the broader humanities.  

The affective turn of the mid 1990s has been said to return critical theory to a ‘bodily matter’, its capacity for self-organisation and ability to ‘in-form’ becoming key concepts (Clough 2008). Furthermore, McCormack (2014) stresses that he is not trying to put together a conceptual framework for the comprehensive knowledge of what he calls ‘spacetimes’ but an ongoing experimenalism where both experience and concept are continually transformed. Following the ‘practical techniques’ advocated by others such as Dewey and James, McCormac calls for an experimental practice for experiencing space. Our approach, likewise, seeks to frame resistance to limited interpretations of the everyday.

Sarah O’Brien, Chris Thurgar-Dawson, Robert Burton, Gemma Draper.